The Scarecrow is a fictional character, created by L. Frank Baum. He appeared in Baum's in Oz books, originally The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. In both Baum's original tale and in Gregory Maguire's reinvisonment, he is the first traveling companion Dorothy Gale and her pet dog Toto discovered along her journey down the Yellow Brick Road while venturing to the Emerald City, to see the great Wizard of Oz to ask him to send the girl and her pet home to Kansas. The Scarecrow joins Dorothy to ask Oz for a set of brains. He would later become the ruler of the Emerald City temporarily and rule the land of Oz after the Wizard departed from Oz, leaving him in charge. The Scarecrow is best known for being portrayed by late actor, Ray Bolger.
In the NovelEdit
In Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba suspects that the Scarecrow was her lover Fiyero coming back to her in a disguise. Like in the original 1900 book by Baum and the 1939 movie by MGM, the Witch has her Flying Monkeys rip him to shreads and tear the straw out of the Scarecrow's clothing. In Wicked, the Witch Elphaba Thropp does this to make certain if he was Fiyero or not, but the Monkeys only find nothing but straw. Despite this, Elphaba believes it could have been the spirit of Fiyero within the straw itself. It is left to the reader of the book to choose if the Scarecrow was possessed by his spirit or not.
In Son of a Witch, it is the Scarecrow who talks to Elphaba's teenage son Liir after Dorothy leaves Oz and is sent back home to Kansas. Liir formed a crush on Dorothy while venturing with her to the Emerald City after Elphaba was liquified by a bucket of water. Liir speaks with the Scarecrow after Dorothy breaks her promise to say goodbye to him before leaving. The Scarecrow tells Liir that he knew Dorothy was not from this world. She did not belong in Oz and had to leave. Scarecrow then tells Liir he needs to move on and get over Dorothy before parting ways in the Emerald City.
Later on, a Scarecrow is put on the Royal Throne of Oz after the Wizard leaves. But Liir doesn't believe the Scarecrow who rules in the city was the real one who he spoke with prior, nor the one who befriended Dorothy Gale. Liir thinks the Scarecrow on the Throne was a mere 'performer', a human in a costume to fool the citizens of Oz, who are a gullible bunch and doubts if the Scarecrow is even still alive and stuffed together. The real Scarecrow's fate after the matter of Dorothy is left a mystery.
In the MusicalEdit
In the musical, Wicked, Fiyero turns into the Scarecrow after Elphaba chants a spell to save his life during the song, No Good Deed. He can be seen for the first time during the Finale song when he opens a trap door to release Elphaba. The pair leave Oz to start a new life, as both of them are presumed dead.